Boxing in colleges is none too clever

十一月 6, 1998

The Standing Conference of Principals held its annual meeting in Bournemouth this week. The colleges are caught between further education colleges and schools on one side and universities on the other. Their organisation is further threatened by splits as some members achieve taught degree-awarding powers in time to be able legally to call themselves university colleges while others do not.

The fashionableness of further education under the present government, the imposition of the quality regime and the growing interest in regionalism are boxing the colleges in.

Andy Green and Norman Lucas, writing in our further education section this week, float the idea, which many (including Baroness Blackstone?) might favour, that further education colleges take over all sub-degree work while the universities concentrate on degree level and above. This would be a step towards a stratified North American system with universities gathering round themselves feeder colleges while engaging in research and advanced teaching.

All very neat. But where do SCOP's members fit in? They are not simply local colleges. Many of them have highly distinctive characters and a national position.

If the higher education colleges and institutes are required by blanket prescription to conform to thresholds, benchmarks and frameworks developed by the Quality Assurance Agency, their ability to innovate could be severely threatened. This would be serious. SCOP colleges, operating on the margins of viability, have been among the most innovative parts of the higher education system. There is a risk now of ossification. Constricting the colleges could increase that risk.

Please
or
to read this article.

请先注册再进行下一步

获得一个月的无限制地在线阅读网站内容。只需注册并完成您的职业简介.

注册是免费的,而且非常简单。一旦成功注册,您可以每个月免费阅读3篇文章。:

  • 获得编辑推荐文章
  • 率先获得泰晤士高等教育世界大学排名相关的新闻
  • 获得职位推荐、筛选工作和保存工作搜索结果
  • 参与读者讨论和公布评论